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on foreign policy or national security, but because this is the beginning of his second term, his second and his last term in office as president, usually presidents start to think about their legacy, their place in history. many presidents in the past have focused oreign policy, but judging from today's state of the union, maybe president obama wants to focus or emphasize more of his liberal or social agenda, like equality or empowering women, fighting poverty over foreign policy issues. >> president obama also used the state of the union to announce a sharp reduction in u.s. troop levels in afghanistan. 34,000 service personnel will return home by early next year. about half the number currently deployed to the country. some afghans have welcomed the prospect of more control over their own security you while others are concerned afghan soldiers are unprepared. is a spoexz person for the afghan defense ministry on wednesday expressed confidence that local forces are ready to lead combat operations. >> translator: the afghan defense ministry welcomes the decision by the u.s. to withdraw
coordinate policies on diplomacy and national security. abe is gathering experts to figure out who should sit on the national security council and what roles they would play. former foreign ministry official and former head of the self-defense forces are among the experts on the planning panel. they will meet later this week. abe tried to form a national security council the first time he was prime minister. lawmakers didn't deliberate his bill. council would help government officials deal with events like last month's hostage siege in algeria. they had a hard time getting details as that crisis unfolded. members of the planning panel will try to figure out how to help leaders get information more easily. >>> and now here's the weather forecast. >>> people in brazil are enjoying one of the highlights of the country's annual four-day long party. the samba contest is under way at rio de janeiro's carnival. ♪ things got started on sunday, 12 top class samba teams are taking part, each consisting of up to 4,000 members. they make lavish costumes and floats that pay tribute to everything from cu
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